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Financial support is a crucial factor in the timely completion of an advanced degree. The department seeks to support the maximum number of eligible students each year.

Academic-year stipends for half-time 10-month assistantships of $16,500 are awarded on a competitive basis to entering and continuing students (doctoral candidates receive $18,500). In conjunction with the department's responsibility for overseeing the History of Science Society's Isis Current Bibliography and the Society for the History of Technology's Technology & Culture, three graduate research assistantships may be appointed to 12-month half-time positions at an annual stipend of $20,167.

To be considered for financial support, indicate your interest on the admission application, or contact the Department Chair, Professor Hunter Heyck,,or the Graduate Studies Coordinator, Stella Graves Stuart,

Graduate Assistantships
Half-time graduate assistants typically serve as teaching or research assistants; well-qualified applicants will be considered for fellowships that carry no responsibilities for research or for instructional assistance. The award amount is $16,500 (for doctoral candidates, $18,500) for half-time 10-month assistantships and $20,167 for half-time 12-month assistantships.

Tuition waiver awards
Half-time graduate assistants receive a complete tuition waiver, both resident and non-resident tuition, for hours up to the number required for the degree. At the average course load (9 hours per semester), this constitutes a waiver of $3,295.80 per year for residents and a waiver of $12,727.80 per year for non-residents.  Fees cannot be waived.

Other Department and University support
The department considers participation in scholarly meetings a significant part of the professionalization of graduate students. In conjunction with the Graduate College and the University of Oklahoma Graduate Student Association, the department has a consistent record of success in providing travel funds to students presenting papers.

Other waivers
A significant benefit of a half-time assistantship is that the University pays the premium for health insurance.

Note to prospective applicants from abroad regarding living expenses
Potential applicants to the graduate program in the Department of the History of Science should be aware of the considerable cost of graduate study in American universities. It should not be assumed that if an applicant is awarded an academic year (9-month) assistantship, the stipend and benefits will necessarily suffice to cover all expenses for one full year of graduate study. This is particularly important to note if the applicant has one or more dependents.

For 2014-2015, University of Oklahoma authorities estimate conservatively that the yearly expenses of living and studying at the University of Oklahoma amount to $29,990 for a graduate student. This includes the estimated cost of tuition and fees. The university also estimates that for a student accompanied by a spouse, the total yearly expenses increase by $4,000, therefore totaling $33,990. The amount should be further increased by $2,700 for each dependent child. We regard these as quite conservative estimates, and depending on the requirements of each student (and their dependents, as the case may be) the resources needed could very well be higher than these amounts.

For the academic year 2014-2015, a half-time graduate assistantship in History of Science carries a stipend of $16,500. Appointment to a graduate assistantship normally includes a waiver of tuition costs, estimated at about $12,727.80 per year. Therefore, an assistantship in the History of Science contributes about $29,227.80 toward the total annual costs.

Thus the resources of a graduate assistantship may be nearly adequate to finance one year of graduate study for a single student, but not for a student with a spouse. Applicants who hope to be awarded an assistantship by the University should realize that they may need to rely on additional resources, either from their own funds or from another source, to finance their graduate studies.

The university also requires international applicants to submit a confidential financial statement along with the application. For a copy of the form, click here (pdf).

Potential applicants should note that graduate assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to entering and continuing students. Although we attempt to provide continued funding for graduate students in the program, our resources are not sufficient to guarantee every student support for the duration of their program. We believe it is appropriate for all prospective applicants to be alerted to the keenly competitive allocation of graduate assistantships; applications which are not of the strongest caliber are unlikely to yield an assistantship offer.